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Friday, November 19th, 2010 ~ MAIN CONFERENCE

The following codes indicate workshop tracks and apply to all Workshop Sessions although participants should feel free to attend any workshop:

7:00-7:45 a.m. Yoga    with Mark Mitchell
Join us for this sfbta tradition of easy stretching, breathing, and friendship. Mark Mitchell, teacher/student, will help us in co-creating the small miracles of our bodies that was once practiced by Insoo. Free surprise gift for attendees.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration/ Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome: Lance Taylor, President SFBTA
(Room # KC 203)
Welcome from Acting Mayor of Banff: Stavros Karlos
Introduction of the Conference Chair and committee
Introduction of the Program Chair and committee
Introduction of the Plenary Speaker:
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Opening Plenary: What is Different about SFBT?: Peter de Jong and Jan Bavelas (Room # KC 203)
  While all therapies engage clients in a co-constructive conversational process, our microanalysis research is showing that SFBT invites clients to co-construct a very different version of themselves and their situations than do CBT or MI. This plenary will present the theoretical and experimental basis for the co-constructive nature of all therapeutic dialogues, show how microanalysis is making co-construction observable, and demonstrate the roles of grounding and formulations in co-construction. We will finish with an opportunity for the audience to try their hand at co-constructing different therapeutic versions from the same client contributions.
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break/Refreshments
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon Workshop Session 1
Discovering Conditions That Nurture Natural Change as a Foundation of Goal Development in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Mo Yee Lee, Adriana Uken, and John Sebold (Room # KC 203)
This workshop will provide a step-by-step demonstration of goal development, explore conditions that nurture natural change in people as a foundation to developing goals, and present an empirical study of the specific goal content developed by participants of a solution-focused group treatment program of domestic violence offenders.
Building Solutions in Couple Therapy: Elliott Conniet (Room # KC 303)
In this workshop, interactive exercises, videos, and demonstrations will be utilized to show how SFBT can be used in couple therapy. Attendees of this workshop will have a better understanding of the tenets and assumptions of the SFT approach and an increased ability to ask SF questions in sessions.
Exceptions, Solutions, and Play With Children in Therapy: Pamela King (Room # KC 305)
This interactive workshop will explore ways of being with children and families that are helpful, playful, and solution oriented. Through discussion, video, role-play, and collaboration, participants will explore ways children use their gifts of creativity to solve their problems and amplify their own solutions.
Being Solution-Focused in Non-SF Places: Janet Bent, Joanne Rada (Room # KC 205)
Imagine that you have been to a conference and have heard some really amazing ideas and you go back to your workplace. What might be your first small steps to grow and share what you have learned? Come and listen to the experience of two Mental Health nurses who have been taking those small steps for the past seven years and are changing their world one conversation at a time.
What Does the Judge Need to See? Solution-focused Techniques in Family Law Cases: Denise Krause, Bernadette Hoppe (Room # KC 301)
This workshop explores the use of solution-focused techniques in family law matters, including custody, visitation, and abuse/neglect. Solution-focused strategies are applied to attorney-client interactions, attorney-attorney conferencing, and communication with collateral sources. Special attention focuses on introducing solution-focused concepts in the broader legal context.
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch-Vistas Dining Room
(as part of conference fees)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Workshop Session 2
Variations on the Miracle Question: Ellen Quick
(Room # KC 203)
Miracles grow in so many ways! This workshop explores the many ways we elicit views of a desired future. Sometimes we invite miracles, and sometimes we use other language, tailored to client strengths, perspectives, and settings. Let’s brainstorm and share our variations on the miracle question.
Creating Solutions: A Solution-focused Single-session Therapy Group: Jas Badesha and Chloe Cole (Room # KC 303)
The Red Deer Brief Therapy team started a solution focused, single-session, process-oriented group for clients accessing our services. This workshop will provide information on implementation and service delivery. A discussion about what has been learned from this endeavour will be facilitated.
Solidifying Change: Scaling in Art Therapy: Justine LaBatch (Room # KC 301)
Together we will explore the use of art therapy with scaling to help clients measure and facilitate change. In this workshop, you will learn step-by-step how to use 3-D materials while you are facilitating scaling with clients. This is a hands-on workshop and sure to be fun!
Solution-focused Organizational and Community Development: Monica Rotner (Room # KC 305)
This workshop will combine a presentation and discussion to facilitate conversation, and share strategies for utilizing solution-focused tenets in planning, developing. and implementing organizational change and/or community change projects.
Sustainability of a Solution Focused School: A Follow-up with Garza High School: Cynthia Franklin and Katherine L. Montgomery
(Room # KC 205)
Almost a decade ago, Garza high School chose to become a solution-focused school. The purpose of this workshop is to understand the extent to which Garza High School has sustained its solution-focused approach and to explore the solution-focused interventions implemented that have helped the school sustain its solution-focused practices.
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break/Refreshments
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop Session 3
What’s Better?: Janet Wilson (Room # KC 303)
Second and subsequent sessions in solution-focused therapy typically open with the question, ‘what’s better?’ What is the intent of this question and how do solution-focused therapists use it to shape the session? Attend this workshop for an interactive and practical exploration of the ‘what’s better?’ question.
Powerful Applications of the Solution-focused Approach: Building a High Performance Team: Hae Sun Moon (Room # KC 305)
Counselors, teachers, coaches, and managers may benefit from learning how the solution-focused approach can be utilized to enhance team performance and leadership. Using case examples, in-session exercises, and take-home training tools, this session will introduce you to a solution-focused team approach.
How are Solution Focus and Positive Psychology Linked?: Fredrike Bannink (Room # KC 203)
In this didactic and experiential workshop, I will explore with you the relationship between positive psychology and solution focus. I will introduce some "family members" of positive psychology and explore with you how its elements are similar to and different from solution focus, helping us to both understand better and how to use elements of positive psychology to enhance solution-focused work.
Starting a Solution-focused Brief Therapy Program in a Community Mental Health Clinic: Phillip Wright, Chloe Cole, Jas Badesha
(Room # KC 205)
In 2007, the Red Deer Brief Therapy program was conceived and launched. It was a program rooted in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Since its inception it has grown significantly and much has been learned.
Solution-focused Therapy Undercover: Cynthia Hansen (Room # KC 301)
Solution Focused Therapists working in large systems have developed many strategies to co-construct a preferred future, highlight exceptions and pre-session change, and scale progress without naming them "SFBT." This workshop will investigate how others in an organization might know that a solution focused therapist is in their midst without being told, and what difference it makes.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m Cash bar reception and poster presentation
(Room: KC 105 Husky Great Hall)
>>click here to view a list of poster presentations
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 8th Annual SFBTA Conference Banquet
(Room: KC 103)
Join us Friday evening for a Solution Focused FUN-RAISING! The evening activities include a generous dinner buffet, conversation, and fun.